September 10, 2016
ISSUE | TATTOO A show of pride, not prejudice The Philadelphia police officer with his ancestry proudly tattooed on his arm has undergone fierce negative publicity after being mistakenly linked to the greatest horror of the last century ("Officer's tattoo assailed," Sept. 2). The eagle depicted on Officer Ian Lichterman's arm was described as "an apparent Nazi-style tattoo. " The Nazi-era German eagle bore a swastika; I did not see a swastika in the photo of the tattoo. The eagle has been a symbol of Germany dating to Charlemagne in 800. The word "Fatherland" is ingrained in the German culture, which I learned two years retiring from the Philadelphia Police Department.
August 8, 2016
I'm still kvelling more than a week later about how good Philadelphia looked during the Democratic National Convention. Municipal authorities were well-prepared and city workers went above and beyond. I was nervous as delegates arrived and protesters began marching through Center City on July 24 - what felt like the hottest day of the year at the start of a week that promised to keep getting hotter. By 2 p.m., Philadelphia cops were clustered in groups of four or six under insufficient tree shade near the high-fenced perimeter of the protest zone around FDR Park.
July 30, 2016 |
With Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia this week, we might expect that Americans, and especially women, are taking pride in her historic achievement as the first woman to lead a major party ticket. That is certainly what happened in 2008 when Americans of all stripes expressed pride that the nation had nominated its first African American candidate. Even if they did not support Barack Obama, many Americans recognized the historic nature of the election.
July 10, 2016 |
Question: How do you know if you have good instincts when it comes to trusting people? I like to pride myself on that, and I'm sure I've been duped no more than the average person. But after a recent duping, I'm finding most romantic interests (or women in general, really) untrustworthy, and I back away. How do I know if I'm being paranoid or just ran into a bunch of shady romantic prospects? Answer: Whenever you have trouble with all [group name here], it isn't about [group name here]
June 14, 2016 |
A robust, uniformed police presence reassured participants at the city's annual PrideDay LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday as they celebrated their sexual identities, though stunned and saddened by the Orlando gay nightclub massacre. At Penn's Landing, two U.S. Coast Guard vessels plied the Delaware River behind the stage, bolstering an army of Philadelphia Police ringing the crowded festival site. "It's quite obvious that what's occurred in Orlando is very much on [festival attendees']
June 14, 2016
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to party in Philadelphia on Sunday, celebrating the Philly Pride LGBT Festival at Penn's Landing and the Odunde Festival on 12 blocks of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The usual joy at Pride fest was swept with news out of Orlando that 50 people had been killed overnight in a possible terror attack at a gay nightclub in the central Florida city. Another 53 people were hospitalized in what is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The 28th annual Philly Pride festivities start with a parade from the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust streets to Penn's Landing, where prizes will include Gayest in the Parade, Best Female Impersonator, Best Public Statement, Best Float and Best Marching Group with, and without, music.
June 11, 2016 |
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing on a varied schedule through June 26, Arden Theatre , 40 N. Second St. $15 to $46. 215-922-1122. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's 1989 musical tells the story of an orphan girl who is sent to live with her strange uncle in a haunted manor house in the Yorkshire moors. Given that it has the usual Victorian children's-story horrors (though with the usual happy ending shining through the gloom)
May 16, 2016 |
John Carlos knows a thing or two about causing a stir by raising a clenched fist. He and fellow Olympic medalist Tommie Smith spurred a national debate in 1968 by giving what was widely interpreted as a black power salute after they won bronze and gold in the 200-meter race in Mexico City. At his website, www.JohnCarlos68.com , he says the symbol was misunderstood: "Sadly, many people misinterpreted our silent protest as a protest for 'Black Power,' rather than a protest for human rights for all people throughout the world.
May 11, 2016 |
THE ONLINE backlash against 16 black female West Point cadets who took a raised-fist photo in uniform is a fascinating study on race and politics in America. The picture has led to a U.S. Military Academy probe on whether the raised-fist gesture represents banned political activity. It has sparked a debate on the loyalty of the cadets. But most of all, it's forced us to consider what it means to be black. Perhaps that's because so many Americans believe blackness is something to be ashamed of. And for those Americans, the very idea that blacks would openly embrace who we are seems ridiculous.
February 6, 2016 |
I've fallen in love with so many movie Elizabeth Bennets, I've lost count. The heroine of Jane Austen's perennial book-club favorite, Pride and Prejudice , has been portrayed by more than a dozen actors, including Greer Garson, Jennifer Ehle, and Keira Knightly . Inspiring all, every one of these Elizabeths has reached heights of sublimity in sex appeal, coyness, or wit. But none knows her way around a katana or a karate kick...